Muruch’s Top Albums of 2014

It’s that time of year again! This year brought us several astoundingly brilliant releases (especially my #1-5), a shockingly pleasant surprise from a formerly disliked artist (#18?!?) and even more shocking disappointments from formerly beloved ones (Charlie XCX, Foxygen, Leela James, Lia Ices, Gerard Way). Here are the 20 albums I enjoyed most this year. Click the album titles for my original reviews. And you can listen to the albums in this Spotify playlist.

Muruch’s Top 20 Albums of 2014…

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Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Stephen Merchant’s Lip Sync Battle

While I’m posting clips from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, I must share this video from last Thursday’s episode. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, 500 Days of Summer) and Stephen Merchant (BBC’s The Office) joined Jimmy Fallon in a Lip Sync Battle. It really takes off about 5 minutes in when Merchant fiercely tackles Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” Fallon kicks up his heels for Aha’s “Take On Me” and Gordon-Levitt throws his entire face and body into Nicki Minaj’s “Superbass.” I love it.